U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on the FedBizOpps.Gov (Federal Business Opportunities) website recently announcing the imminent solicitation for card stock that will be used to print Permanent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documentation cards. While this, in itself, isn’t unusual, the number that USCIS plans to order has raised some eyebrows.

There are nearly 167,000 convicted criminal aliens with final orders of removal who are still in the United States and “currently at large.” This number appears to be directly related to the Obama administration’s lax deportation policy, with deportations from the interior of the United States down 34 percent during the past year.

Mayor Phillip Burch of Artesia, New Mexico, where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a temporary detention facility for adults with children who have entered our country illegally, has said that the facility is likely to receive more detainees soon. Furthermore, noted Burch, the facility will not be closed in the near future.

In a speech delivered October 9 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson played up the recent decline in unaccompanied minors illegally crossing our southern border, stating that “illegal migration by unaccompanied kids turned the corner, and it’s now in fact at its lowest number since January 2013.”

Implementing police-state procedures on U.S. citizens at or near the border while encouraging illegal immigrants by rewarding them with government benefits will not solve the problem.

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